Monday, December 5, 2016

Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Title: Glass Tidings
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance  (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Eddie and Gray
Release Date: December 2016
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus south after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.

He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.

Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.

Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.

But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.

Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.

My Review:
What a sweet story about small town, dealing with loneliness, and the reminder that everyone needs someone, especially at this time of the years. 

Eddie was traveling by foot, trying to get to Texas before Christmas when he witnessed a girl hit by a car. He rushes to her aid just as the guy who hits her drives away. It's traumatic and a crime and Eddie ends up getting stuck at Gray's house because the seemingly one-person police force needs more information from him.

Gray is his own type of recluse. For two months out of the year, he interacts with people when he opens his Christmas shop that's been part of this small town for three generations. The rest of the year he buries himself in his monstrosity of a house, reads his books, and drinks his scotch...and remembers the people who used to exist in his life. 

Eddie doesn't have the ties of good memories. He grew up in the foster system, never living one place long, never forming attachments. This is the way he lives his adult life, too. He travels the country doing the Renaissance Faire circuit as a glass blower, but he wants a place to settle, a place where he can form attachments to things and people. But admitting that...even to himself...isn't something he can do. That's the way to get hurt. 

But these two lonely men form a fragile bond throughout the holiday season. 

I enjoyed the book. The little Christmas shoppe was magical and I loved the idea of what Eddie created with his glass blowing. I liked the visuals the author created...and the poignant story line about the hit and run playing out in the background of the romance. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It provided a heartwarming romance and enough holiday atmosphere to keep my heart happy...reading as a couple in front of the fireplace...happy sigh. 

I liked it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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